Houston and Roundtree Lead Roadrunners to Comeback Win
The Roadrunners (18-4, 3-1 in Region XVI) defeated the Mineral Area College Cardinals 75-65 Jan. 29 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Sophomore guard Dominique Newton knocked down a pair of administrative technical foul free throws to give the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead before the start of the game. SFCC extended its advantage to 17-6 with a three-pointer from sophomore forward Travis Jordan with 13 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the half.
“In the last three of four games, we haven't done a good job coming out of the locker room and playing well, whether it's to start the game or to start the second half,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “In the first half I thought we came out and played extremely hard, but we gave up about 15 points in the last five minutes and didn't finish it off right.”
The Cardinals hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to trim the halftime deficit to 11, 42-31. Mineral Area began the second half by cutting the deficit to 48-43, then cut the deficit to one, 52-51, with 10 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game. Freshman Alfonzo Houston knocked down one of the Roadrunners’ five three-point shots to push the lead back to four points.
The Cardinals took their first lead of the evening at 56-55, with about eight minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the contest. Mineral Area pushed the lead to six points with seven minutes and 14 seconds remaining in the game.
“We have to be more aggressive and look to attack off of the bounce,” said Thomas. “Mineral Area stayed in that 3-2 zone, and it makes people stand out there and shoot threes.”
Houston and sophomore guard Torres Roundtree answered for SFCC. Houston drove the baseline and slammed it home to cut the Roadrunners' deficit to four. Roundtree knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to two. Mineral Area turned the ball over on the ensuing offensive possession. SFCC’s Houston hit a driving leaner to tie the game at 63 with five minutes left.
Houston and Roundtree combined to finish off the comeback. Roundtree knocked the ball away on the defensive end. Houston picked it up and got it back to Roundtree, who finished the play with a lay-up to give SFCC a two-point advantage.
Houston led three Roadrunners in double figures with a game-high 22 points. Roundtree registered a double double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore center Matt Webb added 13 points. Roundtree also dished out a team-high four assists in the game. Houston had a team-high three steals for the game.
SFCC Athletics Department